Our land

In 2002 Tony and Catherine stumbled on a tiny abandoned vineyard in the foothills of Mount Brown, in the Waipara Valley, North Canterbury.  Waist high in weeds it presented an irresistible challenge and has gone on to produce trophy winning wines.   In 2006 we planted our Limeloader vineyard and in 2013 we purchased an old vineyard, Weka Gravels.

Mount Brown

Limeloader

Weka Gravels

The original vineyard, a small site of just 8 hectares in the foothills of Mount Brown.  Our Pinot Noir vines are the oldest on the property, first planted in 2000 in mainly Dijon and Davis clones.  The soil is stony and free draining and this is a very warm site. This is our largest block of 25 hectares where we have plantings of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris along with small amounts of Tempranillo.  It is also the site of our winery, built in 2013.  The soil is well-drained sandy gravels and is on the floor of the Waipara Valley. A 12 hectare site with vines grown on Weka Creek riverbed.  The banks of the river provide shelter making it the hottest site in the Waipara Valley with very infertile and stony soils.   This vineyard contains old vines of Merlot, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.

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